MotherlandRamona Diaz - 94'
Motherland takes us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most
populous countries: The Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen outsider dropped unobtrusively into the
hospital’s stream of activity, passes through hallways, enters rooms and listens in on conversations. At first, the surrounding people are strangers. But as the film continues, it's absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Three women—Lea, Aira and Lerma—emerge to share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. While each of them faces daunting odds at home, their optimism, honesty and humor suggest a strength that they will certainly have to summon in the years ahead.
Ambassadors of the film: Márton Bodor and Andrea Mezei (leaders of PAF)
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Commanding Vision - Sundance Film Festival 2017